Recap of the November 24 Board Meeting

Recap of the November 24 Board Meeting
Posted on 11/25/2020

The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of the EAB District Leadership Forum in the amount of $31,000. The Academic and Support Programs (ASAP) Team is requesting the renewal of the EAB District Leadership Forum. EAB provides the following benefits: Support the work of the district's leadership team including ASAP, Operations, Finance, IT, Cabinet, and BOE; EAB serves as a research hub, though partner, and think tank for issues impacting leadership and education; District can request "on-demand" research projects for innovative and/or challenging issues that face district/school leaders.

The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of Abre Family and Community Engagement Solution in the amount of $14,100. The Academics and Supports Program (ASAP) Team would like to request the purchase of Abre Family and Community Engagement solution.  Abre will benefit the district in the following ways:Provide improved connections between WPS60, parents, external partners, and the community; Organize the district's FACE partners and resources; Provides a hub for FACE liaisons to support parent needs at the school level; Allow the district to track parent engagement in our Family Institute and other events; Aligned to the Superintendent's Initiative and FACE Strategic Plan.

The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of classroom furniture for Lyon Magnet from Wood Dale-based Lowery McDonnell Company, at a total of $141,103.

The Board of Education voted to approve the waiver of all fees that pertain to the Holiday Basket Event, hosted by CAP of Lake County. The event is scheduled to take place on Dec. 4-11, at Jefferson MS. The total amount, which includes facility rental and custodial fees is $13,554.

The Board of Education voted to approve additional funds that are needed to upgrade the district's WiFi infrastructure in the amount of $234,871. The District Aruba Wireless & ClearPass Upgrade project was approved on April 28, 2020, in the amount of $400,864.70 with local funds.  The estimated total cost for this project which was approved was $910,864.72 including E-Rate funds. The additional cost is due to a reduction in student enrollment population which resulted in a decrease of E-Rate funding for the fy 2020-2021.

The Board of Education voted to begin the process of renaming Jefferson Middle School and Webster Middle School, consistent with Board Policy 1204, Naming of School Facilities.



Personnel Items

The Board of Education voted to approve the appointments, retirements, retirement extensions and resignations of 11 employees.

 

Financial Items

The Board of Education held a Public Hearing on the Proposed 2020 Tax Year Levy. Following the hearing the Board voted to adopt the proposed property tax levy for Tax Year 2020 with levies totaling $55,030,000, excluding the Bond and Interest Fund. The Truth in Taxation Act requires a taxing district to determine at least twenty (20) days prior to the adoption of the aggregate levy of the district amounts of taxes to be levied and where the levy exceeds the prior year extension by more than five (5) percent.  A public notice was given on November 10, 2020 and November 17, 2020 in the Lake County News Sun and a public hearing was held on the district's Truth in Taxation resolution on November 24, 2020 (prior to adoption) which are initial steps in the cycle.  The amount of property taxes extended upon the final aggregate levy for Tax Year 2019 (excluding bonds) was $52,418,691.18.  The estimated aggregate levy for Tax Year 2020 (excluding bonds) is $55,030,000 resulting in an increase of 4.98%. Amounts levied are generally substantially higher than the actual amount that will be received or extended. Monies levied do not exceed 105%; therefore, Truth in Taxation procedures are not required. We are, however, for transparency’s sake, opting to adhere to said procedures.

 

Discussion Items

The Board of Education discussed a partnership with the Waukegan Historical Society to erect a historical marker to recognize desegregation at Whittier Elementary School.


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